DIY IKEA Wooden Crate Hack

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Living 5 miles from IKEA is dangerous for me in so many ways. At least once a week I call one my friends and look for any excuse to go. “Oh hey, it’s raining outside? Let’s go to IKEA!” The kids have a great time watching Frozen in our ‘I wish this was mine’ IKEA living room, or playing with the egg chair, and we get to shop…It’s a win win for everyone.

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On one of my many visits to the store, I saw these Knagglig wooden crates and was hit with this DIY idea of turning these crates into a coffee table. So, I bought a couple crates, then picked up some Minwax wood stain, a couple sponge sbrushes, some screws and bolts, and four rolling wheels, took my pirate booty home and got to work.

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Since it was raining outside (and me being the impatient person that I am), I decided to do the staining in the basement. I do not recommend this. Definitely use this wood stain outside or in an open, WELL ventilated area because the fumes can be a bit over-powering in an enclosed space.

DIY IKEA Crate Hack - cupcakesandwildponies

After I finished staining the wood and let them dry overnight, I made good use of the cordless electric drill my in-laws gave my husband last year for Christmas. I built the crates IKEA style, then attached them bottom to bottom with four 3 inch screws and bolts. Then I attached the wheels, and voila! A coffee table!

I thought about using four crates to make it bigger, but this size is perfect with kids because they can easily move it out of the way whenever they want to use the living room floor as their tumble mat (which happens quite a lot). It also provides extra storage since it’s open on both sides.

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Another use I found for the crate was a shoes storage solution by the door. This way the shoes are kept up off the floor and it provides a great place to drop things like keys and sunglasses when you come inside.

DIY IKEA Hack - cupcakesandwildponies

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My Fashion Find Friday: The Esprit Denim Jacket

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While perusing our local thrift store for buried treasures the other day I happened upon this Esprit denim jacket and snatched it right up. I spied it from across the store and made a mad dash to nab it, pushing other patrons out of the way who even dared to gaze upon its splendid glory. It was love at first sight and I just had to have it! It’s slightly distressed, but not over the top, and has a bit of an edge to it which I find irresistible.

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I chose to pair it with a simple black and white outfit to show it off and dress it up a bit.

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I really love the style and color of this jacket, it’s half biker chic, half cowboy and I can already tell I am going to be getting a lot of wear out of it this Fall!

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I think it was totally worth the $3.50 I paid for it!

Gluten Free Coconut Zucchini Bread

Gluten Free Coconut Zucchini Bread - cupcakesandwildponies

I’m not on the Paleo Diet and I don’t have a gluten intolerance, but I do like to eat healthy whenever possible. We also like to grow vegetables in our tiny urban garden, in our postage stamp sized yard, and are always surprised by the vegetation we get. This year we decided to grow zucchini since it’s one of our favorite vegetables that everyone (including the pickiest of our eaters) enjoys. What grew out there in our teeny tiny patch or earth was something monstrous and unearthly. We had a massive, ginormous, beast of a zucchini taking over our yard. My husband’s zealous excitement over the size of our prize winning zucchini was soon dashed by my revelation that they are not supposed to be that big, and in fact, are far more bitter when they get to be that size. Nonetheless, we had some zucchini to eat and I had to figure out what the best way to serve up such a monster would be.

Gluten Free Coconut Zucchini Bread - Cupcakesandwildponies

I’m not much of a baker, but my friend had given me some Trader Joe’s Coconut Flour when she was moving, so I decided to try my hand at making some bread. I added coconut flakes, chocolate chips, and used organic agave to sweeten it with, but you could try nuts instead to make it a bit healthier and maple syrup to make it Paleo.

The coconut flour doesn’t hold together quite as well as wheat flour, but I personally found both the taste and the texture to be close to 10 on the craveability scale.

Gluten Free Coconut Zucchini Bread - cupcakesandwildponies

Here’s the recipe and how I made it,

Ingredients:

1 cup Coconut Flour                              1/2 cup Coconut Oil

1/2 tsp Salt                                              3/4 cup Organic Agave, Pure Maple Syrup or Cane Sugar

1/2 tsp Baking Soda                             1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1/2 tsp Baking Powder                        1 cup grated Zucchini

1 tsp ground cinnamon                      1/2 Sweetened Coconut Flakes

2 eggs                                                      1/2 cup Chocolate Chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. Grease and flour 8 x 4 inch baking pan

3. Combine coconut flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon in a bowl and sift together

4. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and agave until blended. Add Flour mixture and beat well.

5. Stir in grated zucchini, coconut flakes and chocolate chips and pour batter into pan.

6. Bake for about 30 minutes or until tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan or on a wire cooling rack for 10+ minutes.

Bon Appetit!

The Tribal Print and the Baby

 

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Unless you’ve been living in a bubble it will not be news to you that tribal prints are all the rage. While they are lovely to see, everywhere from pillows to tattoos, never are they cuter and more on fleek than on or around a baby. Here are some of my favorite on-trend tribal print baby goods:

Sweet baby tribal cardigan from MadeByJeniffer - cupcakesandwildponies

I love this sweet baby cardigan from the MadeByJeniffer Shop. It’s perfect for transitioning from summer to fall.

Earth Tones Geometric Tribal Pattern Pacifier - cupcakesandwildponies

A binky is one of a baby’s most prominent accessories. It should always make a statement! Like the one pictured above from Zazzle.

Aztec Tribal sunsuit from VintageStiches - cupcakesandwildponies

There’s nothing cuter than a baby in a sunsuit on a summer day, especially if that sunsuit is in a tribal print like this one from vintagestiches.

Hudsonsapparel baby Moccasins - cupcakesandwildponies

Okay, so these may not exactly be tribal print, but they have that look and feel, and I LOVE them! Too bad they are no longer available from Hudsonsapparel.

Tribal baby blanket from FoxHillBaby - cupcakesandwildponies

I have seen some adorable tribal themed baby nurseries that almost make me wish I had gone with that theme for Adriana’s room. This blanket is from FoxHillBaby. Hmm..maybe my next post will be about redecorating the nursery??

Tribal Knotted Headband from MoxieGirlBoutique - cupcakesandwildponies

To top off it off we have a tribal print headband from MoxieGirlBoutique.

So basically we have discovered today that you can literally dress your baby from head to toe in adorable tribal prints and they will look absolutely scrumptious.

Toddler Fun Food Snack Ideas

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We all want our kids to make healthy food decisions, but enticing them to eat their fruits and veggies can sometimes feel like you’re arm wrestling a polar bear. In an effort to avoid tantrums and tears I have tried to find ways to make healthy foods look more appealing, and make mealtimes more fun.

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Here are some fun food ideas I’ve come up with, along with some others I’ve found and plan to try very soon.

Ida Skivenes Food Art via The Kitchn - cupcakesandwildponies

This adorable little raccoon by Ida Skivenes is an edible work of art I know my kids would eat right up. If you want to see more of Ida’s creations check them out here on Kitchn.

Ice cream fun food - cupcakesandwildponies

One thing that always inspires my kiddos to chow down is ice cream… or anything that remotely resembles ice cream. The look on my son’s face when he saw this plate said it all.

"Fun Food For Fussy Littler Eaters" - cupcakesandwildponies

With cute ideas like this one from Fun Foods for Fussy Little Eaters, I really want to see what the rest of the book has to offer. This is definitely one I plan to try as well. It’s so important to teach kids to have a healthy relationship with food from an early age. The more positively they view foods that are good for them, the more likely they will be to choose them throughout there lives. As the old adage goes, “you are what you eat”.